Advice is a suggestion about what to do. If you just can't decide between the pecan pie and the chocolate torte, ask the waiter for his advice.

Advice comes from old French words for seeing, or view. It first meant opinion, but came to mean an opinion about what to do. If you become President, you'll gather a cabinet to give you their advice. If your doctor tells you to eat better, exercise more, and take up swimming, that's her medical advice. Someone gives you their advice, never "an advice." You can, however, ask for a "piece of advice."

Definitions of advice

n a proposal for an appropriate course of action

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something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary
admonition, monition, warning, word of advice
cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred
deterrent example, example, lesson, object lesson
punishment intended as a warning to others
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something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

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